Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles. Cameo by Cardi B and Lizzo.
A group of former strippers band together to scam money from men, mostly men who work on Wall Street, after the economic crash of 2008.
A group of exotic dancers bonded while working in a strip club. Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) helped teach Destiny (Constance Wu) the ropes at the club. They were making a ton of money when the economy crashed in 2008. Destiny ended up getting pregnant and stopped working as a stripper. Unsure what happened to Ramona. 2.5 years later Destiny breaks up with her boyfriend and ends up going back to work at the strip club. The cliental has changed and the money is not flowing as easily. She runs into Ramona and they decide to start scamming the high rollers they used to know. They pick out a target and put a drug cocktail into their drink. Once they are impaired, they drive the target to the strip club and charge everything they can on their credit cards. Afterwards they send them home. They are sure that the men won’t call the police because they will be embarrassed and not be sure what happened. Ramona, Destiny, and the 2 other ladies that help them can’t keep up with the volume of targets. They start recruiting other strippers who are not as “trust worthy” as they are. One of the new girls gets caught and turns them all in. They each get arrested and either go to jail or get probation. Some of their back stories are told while Destiny is being interviewed by a reporter. It shows their bond over broken childhoods and adult relationships. It spends a large amount of time showing their low self-esteem and feelings of abandonment.
I felt really uncomfortable after watching this movie. It wasn’t the nudity, the drugs, or what they did. The discomfort came from watching a group of women who had struggled with their identity and self-worth. The lead characters in this movie had incredibly low self-esteem and an underlying sadness that shook me to the core. The feeling of abandonment was crushing. I know that my focus on this part of the movie is probably not healthy but it was the part I felt most drawn too. I grew up in a middle class family. My parents divorced when I was 5 years old. I lived primarily with my Mom but saw my father and my stepmother often. Despite the divorce, my parents did everything they could to make sure that they had a good relationship so that my sisters and I didn’t suffer. My Mother was a very strong and independent woman. If she had any doubts about herself, she sure knew how to hide them. She constantly told me how smart I was. How capable I was. How proud she was of me. She made me feel special, strong, and worthy. I have never doubted my ability to be successful nor my capacity to love and be loved. I have known lots of women in my life who do not feel this way about themselves. I often hear them second guessing whether or not they have the right to be proud of themselves. Questioning their abilities and their worth. This breaks my heart.
I thought the entire cast did well.
Well done. I would like to have had a little more background on Ramona. They ended with saying how much (if any) jail time they received. I would liked to have some more information on what happened to them personally after it was all over (stay friends, what they do professionally, family, etc…).
I am not sure if there were any. I think Jennifer Lopez’s pole dancing was real. She is crazy strong!!!
Should You Go See This Movie?
Maybe. I enjoyed the movie despite feeling saddened by their lack of self-esteem. The acting was good. I thought the script was well written. The plot is funny and I am still on the fence on how I feel about what they did. Overall it was entertaining and the soundtrack was awesome. It was a cool surprise to see Cardi B and Lizzo as strippers.